Disaster has found a home in a small, southern
town. Here, one finds a grim cityscape, where
compromised tilt-up constructed buildings sit
along a city block in various states of collapse,
serves as a jarring reminder of the potential
adversity faced in the wake of catastrophe.
However, this particular scene is not a result of
recent tragedy or even the set of Hollywood’s
latest apocalyptic blockbuster. It is a carefully
designed and constructed facility representing
the numerous challenges our nation’s first
responders and emergency personnel could
face following a major calamity.
The one-of-a kind, privately-funded disaster
training facility that will provide professional
and volunteer first responders from government
and private agencies across the nation,
with real-life scenario disaster training. Training
will encompass response needs resulting
from natural disasters as well as acts of
terrorism. In addition to the urban setting
of the collapsed structures, the training complex
includes a residential setting that can be
flooded to facilitate water rescues, a highway,
a subway system, helicopter pad and command
center. The facility can provide training
for up to 5,000 responders at any given time.
“This one-of-a-kind project presented unique challenges
that Dayton Superior’s engineering services met
by providing detailed calculations to ensure proper
insert locations and panel placement resulting in a
successful lifting solution that performed exactly as
the contractor requested,” said Kevin Couch.